Even though ALDI doesn’t accept coupons, their high-quality house brand “knockoffs” keep my kitchen stocked between promotions — sometimes at half the cost of brand names! But, I did dug deep and found things you should never buy at ALDI (and where you should buy them instead). To be extra fair to ALDI, I’m only including examples that don’t need coupons at other stores.
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1. Don’t buy flour at ALDI; buy it at Walmart instead.
Walmart sells 10-pound bags of flour and my local ALDI only sells 5-pound bags. Since there’s no option to buy in bulk at ALDI, you can get flour cheaper elsewhere. Like Walmart. Check it out:
- Walmart: Great Value flour for $2.24 ($0.32 /pound)
- ALDI: Baker’s Corner all-purpose flour for $2.09 ($0.42/pound)
2. Don’t buy gluten-free pasta at ALDI; buy it at Target or Walmart instead.
I recommend ALDI’s LiveGfree brand to all my gluten-free friends, because their GF items are usually cheaper, except for pasta.
- Walmart: Great Value GF penne, $1.42 for 16-ounce bag ($0.09/ounce)
- Target: Good & Gather GF penne, $1.69 for 12-ounce bag ($0.14/ounce)
- ALDI: LiveGfree GF penne, $3.25 for 16-ounce bag $0.20/ounce)
3. Don’t buy gluten-free chewy bars at ALDI; buy them at Target instead.
Another tip for my gluten-free buddies!
- Target: KIND Healthy Grains Dark Chocolate Chunk GF chewy bars, 5-count box, 1-ounce bars for $2.99 ($0.60/ounce)
- ALDI: LiveGfree GF chewy bars, 5-count box, 1-ounce bars for $3.09 ($0.62/ounce)
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4. Don’t buy animal crackers at ALDI; buy them at Walmart instead.
My kids can’t get enough of these yummy snacks, so I tracked down the lowest price.
- Walmart: 45-ounce Parent’s Choice animal crackers, $0.14/ounce
- ALDI: 15-ounce Benton’s animal crackers, $0.17/ounce
5. Don’t buy toothbrushes at ALDI; buy them on Amazon instead.
Save over 50% when you buy toothbrushes in bulk on Amazon! I found this no-brand set of 40 toothbrushes for $12.49.
- Amazon: 40-count No-brand toothbrushes, $0.32 each
- ALDI: 2-count Dentiguard toothbrushes, $1.55 each
6. Don’t buy disposable razors at ALDI; buy them on Amazon instead.
Disposable razors proved cheaper at every retailer I checked against ALDI, and Amazon’s were an absolute steal.
- Amazon: 100-count McKesson Twin Blade disposable razors, $0.13 each
- ALDI: Lacura Men’s Triple Blade disposable razors, $0.81 each
7. Don’t buy cotton swabs (yes, Q-tips) at ALDI; buy them at Target instead.
Noticing a trend? Hygiene products are usually more expensive at ALDI.
8. Don’t buy dish soap at ALDI; buy it at Walmart instead.
Reeva dish soap looks almost exactly like Dawn. From the packaging to the soap colors, Reeva is a spitting image knockoff! But I can get real Dawn for less.
- Walmart: 28-ounce Great Value Ultra dish soap, $0.07/ounce
- ALDI: 24-ounce Radiance dish soap, $0.10/ounce
9. Don’t buy dish sponges at ALDI; buy them at Walmart instead.
Are you noticing another pattern with ALDI’s cleaning products? You save money on these non-perishable items when you buy in larger quantities than are available at ALDI.
10. Don’t buy plastic forks at ALDI; buy them at Walmart instead.
- Walmart: 100-count Great Value clear forks, $0.04 each
- ALDI: 96-count Boulder plastic forks, $0.05 each
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